Professionals

Century City

2121 Avenue of the Stars
Suite 2800
Los Angeles, CA 90067
TEL: +1 310 734 3200
FAX: +1 310 734 3300

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Operating out of downtown and Century City offices, Steptoe’s Los Angeles lawyers bring nationally recognized experience to diverse industries across a broad range of practice areas. Our clients include entrepreneurs, middle-market companies and some of the largest corporations in the United States.

Corporate
Our corporate practice serves a broad, regional client base that ranges from start-ups to middle-market companies. Our Los Angeles corporate lawyers are experienced in finance, mergers and acquisitions, technology transfer, secured and unsecured corporate and commercial lending, and structuring and administration of limited liability companies, limited and general partnerships and corporations. Drawing on related talent in the areas of tax, executive compensation, intellectual property, securities and employment law, we provide a broad range of business and legal counsel that enable our Los Angeles corporate lawyers to offer our clients comprehensive business solutions.

Fashion and Apparel
The lawyers in Steptoe’s fashion and apparel practice have significant experience representing retailers and manufacturers in claims involving trademarks and trade dress, infringement, counterfeiting, gray market imports, unfair competition and false, deceptive, or unfair advertising; trade libel and other claims concerning commercial speech, advertising, and marketing; consumer product safety; intellectual property licensing and assignments; patent and trademark applications; distribution, supplier and customer contracts; and development and joint-venture agreements.

Insolvency and Restructuring
Our restructuring attorneys represent debtors, creditors’, equity and bondholders’ committees, purchasers and trustees in corporate restructurings, asset sales, and bankruptcies in a wide variety of industries, including real estate, entertainment, retail, transportation, and hospitality, as well as advising on out-of-court workouts. We also provide advisory services to high profile individuals in the corporate, entertainment and sports industries.

Intellectual Property
Our seasoned group of intellectual property lawyers provides sophisticated counseling and portfolio management advice across many industries to leading companies worldwide. With experience across a broad range of technologies our attorneys assist clients with all aspects of patent, trademark, trade secret, unfair competition and copyright law, including patent validity and infringement opinions, patent prosecution and clearance, enforcement, trade secret misappropriation, technology agreements and licensing, branding strategies and anti-counterfeiting.

Labor & Employment and Executive Compensation
Our nationally recognized ERISA, labor and employment lawyers handle employee benefits planning and disputes, executive compensation, discrimination and wrongful termination litigation, union disputes and administrative proceedings. We also provide counseling on day-to-day employment matters, prepare employee handbooks and policies, and conduct training and compliance audits.

Litigation
Our Los Angeles litigation lawyers handle the following types of matters throughout California and in many other states:

  • Toxic tort litigation including defense of products liability personal injury and wrongful death, class actions, mass tort litigation, and products liability claims arising from soil and groundwater contamination for clients in the petroleum, chemical and plastics manufacturing industries; construction; and architectural and engineering firms.
  • Commercial litigation including trials and arbitrations arising from contract disputes, business torts, antitrust and unfair competition claims, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and racketeering violations.
  • Securities litigation and arbitrations including class action defense, corporate disputes, financial services disputes, director and officer liability, accountant and attorney liability and corporate internal investigations.
  • Intellectual property litigation in the pharmaceutical, health care, technology, entertainment, media, apparel and consumer goods industries; trade secrets and employee raiding; and copyright, trademark and patent disputes.
  • White-collar criminal defense of senior executives and corporations in internal investigations, and criminal, civil and enforcement matters ranging from administrative subpoenas through SEC and grand jury investigations, trials, post-trial matters and appeals concerning financial and accounting fraud, money-laundering, public corruption, securities fraud, mail and wire fraud, tax fraud, antitrust violations, healthcare fraud and environmental health and safety violations.
  • Appellate litigation in such diverse fields as toxic torts, energy, ERISA, tax, transportation, employment, contracts, business torts, trade secret, copyright and trademark litigation and constitutional law.  
  • International arbitration and dispute resolution involving intellectual property, high-technology, financial services, broadcasting and media firms in Asia and Latin America and several languages, including Korean, Spanish and Chinese.

Real Estate Litigation, Transactions and Finance
Our attorneys are well-versed in real estate litigation, transactions, finance, leasing, counseling, and securitization for commercial and residential developers/builders, REITs, owners, investors, lenders, borrowers, purchasers, landlords and tenants.

Regulation and Administration
Steptoe’s highly respected federal regulatory practice is mirrored by the firm’s active practice involving regulation by the State of California.  We help clients solve problems that have policy and administrative as well as litigation dimensions, in fields ranging from the environment, labor and employment, and health and safety to transportation, agriculture, and commerce.  Read more about our experience dealing with California's regulatory and administrative practice issues.

Subprime Lending Disputes
Our experienced group of trial, restructuring and transactional attorneys are prepared to handle real estate financial disputes involving mortgage-backed securities and a variety of other complex financial instruments and transactions as well as traditional real estate loans for investors, lenders, loan originators, syndicators, borrowers, investment banks, mortgage insurance companies, sellers, conduits, trustees, servicers, REMICs, special purpose entities, commercial and residential developers and builders, REITs, owners and purchasers.

Tax
Our tax attorneys represent business clients of many types and sizes in federal, state and local income, sales and use, and property tax issues, including high-technology businesses, electric utilities, telecommunications companies, mining and railroad companies, manufacturers, retailers, banks, printers, mail-order businesses, tax-exempt organizations and resorts. We also provide counsel on the multi-state tax implications of business transactions including e-commerce.

Technology
In Los Angeles the convergence of technology, content and distribution is transforming the entertainment, media, computer software and telecom industries, presenting our clients with challenging new legal issues. The area is also home to innovative biotechnology and life sciences research and development laboratories and manufacturing firms. Since its founding, Steptoe has served the ever-changing technology sector, representing many of the major technology manufacturing and services firms throughout the United States, Asia and Europe on cutting-edge legal issues. Our intellectual property, corporate, securities and finance, employment and litigation attorneys work together to provide strategic advice and creative, comprehensive and cost-effective legal solutions to computer hardware, semiconductor, software, biomedical devices, life sciences, new media, information technology, gaming, electronic commerce, telecommunications and other technology-intensive companies. Steptoe’s Los Angeles offices house over ten intellectual property practitioners, anchored by six patent lawyers admitted to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office. The firm has sixty intellectual property attorneys nationwide. One of our patent lawyers teaches a course on the Strategic Management of Technology in the Department of Engineering at USC.